Scientific Program

Conference Series Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend 2nd World Congress on Public Health and Nutrition Rome, Italy.

Day 2 :

Keynote Forum

Mohammad Shahjahan

Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP)

Keynote: Innovative approaches of integrating nutrition for healthy communities

Time : 9:30- 10:15

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Shahjahan is the founder Director and CEO of Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) established in 1996 as the successor to the Bangladesh country office of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (JHU.CCP). He has more than 26 years of experience in the field of strategic communication including developing communication strategy; planning, designing and implementation of large scale campaigns; community mobilization intervention; management and monitoring of programs; evaluation, etc. He also has extensive experience in developing training curriculum, communication materials and capacity building workshops. Previously, Shahjahan acted as the Deputy Country Representative of JHU.CCP Bangladesh Program. Shahjahan has a Masters degree in Economics and a Bachelor degree in Law.

Relevant Publications

  1. Tahmeed Ahmed, Mustafa Mahfuz , Santhia Ireen , A.M. Shamsir Ahmed, Sabuktagin Rahman , M. Munirul Islam, Nurul Alam, M. Iqbal Hossain, S.M. Mustafizur Rahman , M. Mohsin Ali, Fatima Perveen Choudhury,  Alejandro Cravioto. Nutrition of Children and Women in Bangladesh: Trends and Directions for the Future. Journal of Health Population Nutrition. 2012;30(1):1-11.
  2. Yearul Kabir, Hussain Mohammad Shahjalal, Farzana Saleh, Wahida Obaid. Dietary pattern, nutritional status, anaemia and anaemia-related knowledge in urban adolescent college girls of Bangladesh. Journal Pakistan Medical Association.2010;60(8):633-638.
  3. Jahan, K. & Hossain, M. Nature and extent of malnutrition in Bangladesh, Bangladesh National Nutrition Survey, 1995–1998. Dhaka, Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, Dhaka University, Bangladesh.
  4. A.S.G. Faruque, A.M. Shamsir Ahmed, Tahmeed Ahmed, M. Munirul Islam, Md. Iqbal Hossain, S.K. Roy, Nurul Alam, Iqbal Kabir, and David A. Sack. Nutrition: Basis for Healthy Children and Mothers in Bangladesh. Journal of Health Population Nutrition. 2008 Sep;26(3):325-339.
  5. Dr. A M Zakir Hussain, Professor MQK Talukder, Dr. Tahmeed Ahmed. Nutrition Background Paper to inform the preparation of the 7th Five Year Plan. 2015.



Though the Government of Bangladesh health infrastructure and NGO supported health services have improved over the years mainstreaming nutrition services is not yet implemented at scale. There is low awareness among people in the rural areas about nutrition and availability of services. In order to address the nutritional needs of the community especially for the children, adolescent and pregnant women, appropriate knowledge and use of nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation practices by the community is required. Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP), a leading non-government strategic communication organization in Bangladesh for the social development sector, implemented Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) program for public health where nutrition issue was given priority. BCCP worked with the government’s Institute of Public Health & Nutrition (IPHN) to strengthen the essential SBCC services through government infrastructure. BCCP advocated for, and created, a SBCC team within IPHN to give emphasis to high-quality SBCC for nutrition. Conducted a series of trainings with the team, and facilitated to integrate nutrition with other population and health services. Through IPHN, BCCP also introduced appropriate information and communication technology for SBCC and Knowledge Management, where nutrition was an important component. BCCP partnered with the NGO Health Service Delivery Project and the urban primary health care service delivery project to promote positive health and nutrition practices at community level. These projects focused on improvements in knowledge and practice, and integration of nutrition into current health delivery service through a community based approach, so that a significant proportion of households are reached with appropriate nutritional practices messages. This improved access to and use of services and contributed in reducing undernutrition and improving the overall nutrition situation in the intervention areas. Building upon the learning from these projects, it is important to scale up these strategic communication approaches especially through government services.

Keynote Forum

Neha Aggarwal

Aligarh Muslim University, India

Keynote: Association between nutritional status and quality of life of elderly subjects

Time : 10:15-11:00

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Neha Agrawal has done her MDS in department of Public Health Dentistry. Currently she is working as Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Community Dentistry, Dr. Z A Dental College, AMU, Aligarh. She has published more than 30 papers in International and National journals of repute. She has been invited as guest speaker in Indian Dental Association. She has presented several papers in state, national and international conferences.

Recent Publications

  1. Mesas AE, Andrade SM, Cabrera MA, Bueno VL. Oral health status and nutritional deficit in noninstitutionalized older adults in Londrina, Brazil. Rev Bras Epidemiol 2010;13(3):434–445.
  2. Kshetrimayum N, Reddy CV, Siddhana S, Manjunath M, Rudraswamy S, Sulavai S. Oral health-related quality of life and nutritional status of institutionalized elderly population aged 60 years and above in Mysore City, India. Gerodontology 2013;30(2):119-25.
  3. Gil-Montoya JA, Subira C, Ramon JM, Gonzalez- Moles MA. Oral health-related quality of life and nutritional status. J Public Health Dent 2008;68(2):88-93.
  4.  Allen PF. Association between diet, social resources and oral health related quality of life in edentulous patients. J Oral Rehabil 2005;32(9):623–628.
  5. Palmer CA. Gerodontic nutrition and dietary counselling for prosthodontic patients. Dent Clin North Am 2003;47(2):355-371.



Statement of the Problem: Malnutrition in the elderly has an evident impact on their general health and quality of life. Analysis of data of the Geriatric Oral Health Assessment Index (GOHAI) and their association with the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA) results improves our understanding of the complex relationship between oral health and malnutrition.

Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 503 Indian elderly attending OPD of Dental College, Aligar Muslim University, Aligarh. Data on socio demographics and oral health status were gathered by interview and examination. Oral health-related quality of life was evaluated using the Geriatric Oral Health Assessment Index (GOHAI), and malnutrition risk using the Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA).

Results: The mean GOHAI score was 48.63 ± 7.9 for men and 45.96 ± 7.2 for women. Higher number of subjects {365 (72.5%)}, had low perception (GOHAI < 57) of oral health. Higher mean MNA score was found in women as compared to the men (p < 0.05). Pearson’s correlation coefficient showed a strong association between total GOHAI and MNA scores.

Conclusion: Oral health–related quality of life was strongly associated with nutritional deficit. It requires a greater integration
between dentistry and nutrition in the health promotion of older adults.

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Subhi Badarni has been graduated from Hadassa School, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, majoring in social and community medicine, Israel. He started working at the Health Ministry in Akko as head of health education and promotion. Currently he works as a lecturer of health promotion at Sakhnin College.

Recent Publications

  1. Badarni Subhi (2010). “Eradication of Large Scabies Outbreak Using Community Wide Health Promotion.” AJPH, Vol. 66 No. 6.
  2. Badarni Subhi (2012). “Consanguinity: Different Attitudes Between High School Villagers and Bedwins.” Hamedbar No. 34.
  3. Badarni Subhi (2000) Health Education Strategies at School.
  4. Badarni Subhi (2005) “Moslem Leaders Role in Malformation Prevention due to Consanguinity in Arab Population in Israel.” Darna pp. 75-83.
  5. Badarni Subhi (2003) “Infant Mortality Rate Prevention Related to Gastroenteritis Infections.” APJH, Vol. 88 No. 10.


The nutrition condition among school pupils in the world has gotten worse to an epidemic situation. The obesity rate is 25% in the developed countries while among Arab pupils in Israel, it has risen by 34%. Only 23% of the pupils perform physical activities weekly. The objectives of this article are raising awareness and changing behavior among pupils and their parents about healthy nutrition and the importance of physical activity; reducing 40% of obesity among pupils; increasing the physical activities by 60% on a weekly basis among school pupils. Achieving these objectives requires conducting Body Mass Index (B.M.I) survey by skilled nurses for all school pupils before and after the health promotion invention program at school; conducting a needs assessment study; a questionnaire. School should continue using the program for the next 5 years in such a way that would make other schools use it. In addition, more community volunteers and sponsors as well as the school community should be recruited as part of the program.